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Poster: DianaW Date: Nov 10, 2009 7:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Newbie's head explodes

William Tell, I gather from your name as well as from general lurking for a bit that Saint Stephen is your song. Would you please explain for a (sort of) newbie what is the story with the "High green chilly winds" part? Why didn't they usually sing this part? It's in the official lyrics but I actually didn't ever hear it sung till I got Live Dead. Or have I just not been around much?

I'm guessing you'll be happy to recommend your favorite Saint Stephens, or direct me to a thread where they're listed? I'm kind of obsessed with this song at the moment.

Thanks to the rest of you, too - I'll treat the recommendations as the next things to play.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 10, 2009 7:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Newbie's head explodes

Hey D--great to hear it! Yep, I have probably listened to that song by far more than any other, and the beauty of it is that it changes significantly over the first three yrs that they did it, so that 68 has two "diff" versions, then even 69 (your current live dead version) morphs by 70 and even a bit in 71 (please avoid the "post hiatus" revivial versions...slooooowwwwed down and very low key).

Now, as Cushster notes, they drop the bridge largely when they stopped doing the trs into the Eleven...LiA could probably tell us the actual reason they provided for this, but it makes sense that the complex, Aoxmoxoa era songs that were dropped just all go away around this time, so it probably isn't any different than the others that were dropped (in 70 and 71 they start going into NFA instead of the 11).

Here are the ones you can stream here that give you a flavor of these versions:

6-14-68: really bad quality AUD, BUT listen to it five times over 1-2 days (really!) and you will propose marriage to me for mentioning it...well, okay, but something dramatic will happen. Trust me. This is the "Jun 68" version, of which we only have a very few copies...it is long, and Jerry cooks! And only Phil does addt'l vocals...it is most like the Aox version.

10-12-68: great "fast" 68 version (note that in the fall versions of 68 you sometimes get a different version of the bridge in which among other things, they say something odd along the lines of "...wonder if he'll nail the apple core" and so forth).

69: take your pick! Fillmore is good...long, standard version with Bob singing and usu doing the Bridge.

9-19-70: The StSt following the amazing DS getting all the attn elsewhere tonight is a great version...really nicely developed from 69, largely more refined, but close in length, etc. No bridge!

8-6-71: nice AUD here of a great 71 version, like 70.


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Poster: cush212 Date: Nov 10, 2009 7:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Newbie's head explodes

That part is called (go figger) the"William Tell Bridge" seems to have fallen along the wayside, but Brother Tell, I'm sure can explain much better... Or Cliff Hucker for that. Do take High Flow's advice on the Dr Flashback reviews, always very reliable!

And hello Diana! Idon't get around here often, used to be a pretty regular member of this gang of Bozos... Or is it Bolos???


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Poster: light into ashes Date: Nov 10, 2009 8:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: St Stephen

The "high green chilly" bridge, at live shows, was specifically a link to the Eleven, so when they didn't go into the Eleven, they didn't do that part. And the Eleven didn't last past early 1970.
So in 1970 they got into the habit of switching to another song (usually Not Fade Away) in the middle of Stephen, after "another man spills" or "answer man".

A Dead lyrics site says of the William Tell bridge:
"This section was omitted from the version on "Aoxomoxoa" and dropped by the Dead in versions after 1969. It was only played when "Saint Stephen" segued into The Eleven. Because of this, some have questioned whether it should really be seen as part of "The Eleven" instead of part of "Saint Stephen". But Robert Hunter includes these words under "Saint Stephen" in the lyrics in his book "Box Of Rain".'

By the way, you might like the '76-78 versions of St Stephen more than Mr Tell does. The jams in the full versions can be quite exciting - for instance, try this little 12-minute version -
An example of a good one just before they retired it would be -
(There are some similar versions in fall '77.)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 10, 2009 8:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: St Stephen

Well...maybe...but I was there in 76 and didn't recognize the tune. Argh. It was the only DEAD song that really disappointed me, that I saw live...

But, enough negativity--you've got too many to listen to to worry about it, D!

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Poster: billydlions Date: Nov 11, 2009 7:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: St Stephen

Open your mind WT- I'm with LIA on this one. 1-11-78, 1-22-78 and 12-31-78 are all well played versions worthy of repeated listening. 10-11-83 is worth a listen for the crowd response alone. I enjoy the early versions as well but how many times did Bobby sing the wrong verse after the jam?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 11, 2009 7:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: St Stephen

Ha! you're right about Bob--I liked the earlier ones with just Phil...I have listened to those ones (actually, based on recomm's from the Forum the first month I arrived, three years ago NOW). But thanks for the tips again. Yeah, it's just the tremendous energy and "ooomph" of the early era that seems to turn it into the "wheel"...now, that's a song I love, and if I only ever heard StSt done that way, it might be fine...totally a "personal" bias, NOT based on "true quality" (the way I like to think that, "yep, 1971 Deal kicks butt, and 1993 Deal sucks" and we all agree--more or less). Not sure if that makes sense...

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